Herrenberg Church

Herrenberg, Germany

The Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche) towers over the town of Herrenberg, dominating the cityscape. It was built in two main phases of construction (1276-1293 and 1471-1493) and was the first Gothic hall church to be completed in Württemberg. In 1749 the two Gothic towers were demolished and replaced by the Baroque onion dome.

Among the church's outstanding features are the baptismal font from 1472, the stone pulpit from 1504 by Master Hanselmann and the choirstalls from the year 1517 with carvings by Heinrich Schickhardt, the grandfather of the famous architect. The high altar dating from 1519, with paintings by Jerg Ratgeb, is now to be found in the State Gallery in Stuttgart. The Stiftskirche is home to the Herrenberg Bell Museum – and it also boasts the oldest rose window in Swabia.

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Founded: 1276-1493
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Klaus L. (2 years ago)
Eine wunderbar schlichte Kirche mit einem schönen Glockenmuseum. Es lohnt sich unbedingt mal vorbei zu schauen um ein bisschen Auszeit zu nehmen von der Hektik des Alltag und mit etwas Glück kann man dem Organisten beim spielen zuhören.
Sunshine's Bright (2 years ago)
Sehr schöne Kirche. Wahrzeichen der Stadt Herrenberg. Interessante kirchenmusikalische Angebote. Guter Blick auf Herrenberg, welches man vom Schönbuch Turm aus nicht sehen kann, wohl aber die angrenzenden Gemeinden. Der Aufstieg auf den Kirchturm belohnt mit einem tollen Blick.
Brunetta Rizzi (3 years ago)
Un paese che sembra uscito da una favola di Andersen! E come tante casette anche la chiesa é molto particolare! Non una colonna che sia dritta !!ma gli abitanti non si preoccupano....ci hanno detto che la Chiesa si piega di un solo millimetro all'anno
Luisa Gomez (5 years ago)
Parking is not possible, more of a place that you have to walk to from wherever you found parking in the city. You'll find a old church with a breath taking view of the town and there is music played early in the morning (about 8:30) for about 15 min on the weekend. There is also a small outdoor art collection up the mountain behind the church. Perfect for a gorgeous spring day. Kids and pets welcome on the small hike up the mountain!
Andrew Thomson (7 years ago)
Big old church that has a walkway around the bell tower. Worth a visit just for the view.
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Early modern times through Thirty Years' War

In 1485, in the Partition of Leipzig, Veste Coburg fell to the Ernestine branch of the family. A year later, Elector Friedrich der Weise and Johann der Beständige took over the rule of Coburg. Johann used the Veste as a residence from 1499. In 1506/07, Lucas Cranach the Elder lived and worked in the Veste. From April to October 1530, during the Diet of Augsburg, Martin Luther sought protection at the Veste, as he was under an Imperial ban at the time. Whilst he stayed at the fortress, Luther continued with his work translating the Bible into German. In 1547, Johann Ernst moved the residence of the ducal family to a more convenient and fashionable location, Ehrenburg Palace in the town centre of Coburg. The Veste now only served as a fortification.

In the further splitting of the Ernestine line, Coburg became the seat of the Herzogtum von Sachsen-Coburg, the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg. The first duke was Johann Casimir (1564-1633), who modernized the fortifications. In 1632, the fortress was unsuccessfully besieged by Imperial and Bavarian forces commanded by Albrecht von Wallenstein for seven days during the Thirty Years' War. Its defence was commanded by Georg Christoph von Taupadel. On 17 March 1635, after a renewed siege of five months' duration, the Veste was handed over to the Imperials under Guillaume de Lamboy.

17th through 19th centuries

From 1638-72, Coburg and the Veste were part of the Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg. In 1672, they passed to the Dukes of Saxe-Gotha and in 1735 it was joined to the Duchy of Saxe-Saalfeld. Following the introduction of Primogeniture by Duke Franz Josias (1697-1764), Coburg went by way of Ernst Friedrich (1724-1800) to Franz (1750-1806), noted art collector, and to Duke Ernst III (1784-1844), who remodeled the castle.

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20th century

The dynasty ended with the reign of Herzog Carl Eduard (1884-1954), also known as Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a grandson of Queen Victoria, who until 1919 also was the 2nd Duke of Albany in the United Kingdom. Under his rule, many changes made to the Veste in the 19th century were reversed under architect Bodo Ebhardt, with the aim of restoring a more authentic medieval look. Along with the other ruling princes of Germany, Carl Eduard was deposed in the revolution of 1918-1919. After Carl Eduard abdicated in late 1918, the Veste came into possession of the state of Bavaria, but the former duke was allowed to live there until his death. The works of art collected by the family were gifted to the Coburger Landesstiftung, a foundation, which today runs the museum.

In 1945, the Veste was seriously damaged by artillery fire in the final days of World War II. After 1946, renovation works were undertaken by the new owner, the Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen.

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The Veste is open to the public and today houses museums, including a collection art objects and paintings that belonged to the ducal family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a large collection of arms and armor, significant examples of early modern coaches and sleighs, and important collections of prints, drawings and coins.